Tropical Storm Hermine has strengthened in the Gulf of Mexico and now has winds of 45 mph. The storm is moving slowly to the north and northeast, but is forecast to pick up speed as it turns more to the northeast. Hermine is expected to make landfall in NW Florida late tomorrow night.
But the forecast track has shifted again and this change has big implications for the weather in central North Carolina. Hermine is now forecast to track across central North Carolina late Friday into early Saturday. This is a big change from just yesterday.
Along the coast, heavy rain, wind gusts to 50 mph or higher, and coastal flooding will be possible. There will also be a threat for isolated tornadoes to the east of the center.
If this track verifies, the threat for heavy rain will also spread into much of central and eastern North Carolina. Rainfall amounts of 4 inches or more will be possible, at least in some areas. The heaviest rain should fall Friday night into early Saturday. Gusty winds to 45 mph will also be possible, which combined with the heavy rain, could down some trees.
The rain should taper off from the south during the day Saturday, and the pleasant weather we've been talking about should arrive for the rest of the Labor Day weekend.
Remember, we're still two days away. The forecast track has shifted considerably in the last two days, and it may shift again before it's out of picture.
Have a nice evening,